(Indian Wells) Quebec’s Lila Fernandez lost 6-4 6-7(5) 6-1 to France’s Caroline Garcia in Indian Wells on Monday.
So the fifth seed Garcia secured his place in the round of 16, where Sorana Kirst will be waiting for him.
Soon after he was 11 years oldH ace, Garcia sealed the win with a parallel forehand, which hit the line.
Rank 49H In the WTA, Fernandez was thirtyH Seeded in the California Championship.
Garcia had three breaks including two in the final set to cushion 3-1 and 5-1. Lavalloise left with two break points earned.
Before the second period gave him a 3-1 lead, Garcia won game three scoreless on serve. She also beat Fernandez twice in the first set, including the break.
Fernandez and Garcia have only met once, which led to Garcia winning earlier this year in Melbourne in the second round.
Last month and earlier in March, Garcia was knocked out in the finals in Lyon and Monterrey (by Alicia Parkes and Donna Vekic).
Fernandez’s countryman Bianca Andreescu will face a daunting task in the evening, against champion favourite, and defender Ija Swiatek.
He defeated the Ontario pole last year in Rome on clay.
Andreescu won the California Championship in 2019, the year she became Queen of Flushing Meadows. She now sits 36H in WTA.
Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, 10 years oldH Making headlines in Spain is Paula Badosa.
Emma Raducano, champion of New York two years ago, faces Beatrice Haddad Maya, 13H The first in the series.
In the men’s event, Quebec player Félix Auger-Aliassime, seeded eighth, defeated Argentine Francisco Sirondolo 7-5, 6-4.
He will face 17-year-old American Tommy Paul in the next roundH The first in the series. The latter was title winner Hubert Hurkacz 4-6 6-2 6-4.
Favorite Carlos Alcaraz is set to play on Monday alongside veterans Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.
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